No they wouldn't, how can you possibly think the same 5 players have gotten worse at the game, that's not how it works, teams just surpass you. This Astralis is still the most detailed team and still has amazing teamwork and truly would be way ahead of where Liquid were last year tactically. They made so many improvements after they got stew.
Navi is worse because of their new player? What evidence do you have to suggest that? Boombl4 has a higher rating than Edward and is clearly more impactful, they immediately got top 4 at the most stacked event of the year. Its just that theres so many other teams that have risen up.
Faze with neo and faze with adren achieve the same exact results and level of play and olof is the same as he was last year statistically, please stop making things up. Even if you think Neo is slightly worse it doesnt change the range of their results. They make the odd top 4 at stacked events and usually make playoffs and that's how its been for like a year now.
Vitality has won 3 titles this year and was in the final of the 2nd biggest event this year. You're either ignorant or trolling. And the point is that G2 is a better team then they were last year, what dont you understand. The entire top 10 is more competitive
I like how you contradict yourself - exactly mouz won titles last year and were still forced to make changes because they couldn't keep up with other teams as the scene got more competitive. Now they have a roster of arguably higher skill and are lower ranked. What does that tell you? That there are more competitive teams this year.
NRG pretty much only loses to top 5 teams and either way the point is that they're stronger then they were last year. I could make the same claim about them last year that's irrelevant.
Renegades literally performed better than they ever have this year and thats inarguable.
Then you mention teams that made improvements like Fnatic, North, Cr4zy. All improved versions of themselves and capable of upsets vs elite teams.